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Subject:Re: Looking for words From:Alexia Prendergast <alexiap -at- SEAGATESOFTWARE -dot- COM> Date:Tue, 6 May 1997 16:46:27 -0400
Parent and child are the industry standards --
perhaps we can think of better terms if you tell
us why you want to deviate from the standard?
Senior Technical Writer
alexiap -at- sems -dot- com
>From: Len Olszewski[SMTP:saslpo -at- UNX -dot- SAS -dot- COM]
>Sent: Tuesday, May 06, 1997 4:17 PM
>To: TECHWR-L -at- LISTSERV -dot- OKSTATE -dot- EDU
>Subject: Re: Looking for words
>In article <8625648F:006BC57C -dot- 00 -at- gpsnotes8 -dot- gps -dot- com>, RJACOBSE -at- gps -dot- com writes:
>|> I'm looking for alternatives to the words "parent" and "child" to describe
>|> entities in a outline-like conceptual structure. One alternative for
>|> "child" is "dependent," but I can't think of an easily aprehended analog
>|> for "parent."
>|> Is parent/child good enough, or are we overlooking some obvious
>"Main" and "subordinate" seem to work here. You could try "primary" and
>"subordinate", or if you need other levels, "primary", "secondary",
>"tertiary", and so forth.
>You might consider a containment metaphor, where the parent elements
>would be "exterior", and the child elements "interior" with the notion
>of "peer" elements at some given level of containment.
>Hope this helps.
>Len O. "I would rather be cynically accurate than
>saslpo -at- unx -dot- sas -dot- com inoffensively euphemistic." - Me
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